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Tips and tricks to challenge adversity January 22, 2010

Posted by aydensmom in Uncategorized.

The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus said, “You don’t develop courage by being happy … every day. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”

Issue: We use tegaderm (a clear plastic sticky piece to secure Ayden’s inserts), but he finds them quite painful to take off. We have tried using a wipe called ‘remove’ to take them off, but it just melts the plastic. In the end you have a real mess.
Tip: Use a blow dryer to heat the tegaderm until some of the glue loosens up off the skin. Only remove it up to the beginning of the insert and then use the remove wipe to take off the rest of the insert.
Tip 2: When using the remove wipe on the other parts of the insert, let it soak in for 15 minutes before taking the insert off.

Issue: Over the last few weeks we have seen fluctuations in Ayden’s levels.
Tip: Track everything in your daily schedule from how your child was acting (normal, sick, hyper) to anything special you did that night (ate out or went shopping).
Tip 2: Let your health care team in. Use them as the resource they are to analyse patterns you may not have seen. Remember the absence of a pattern is a pattern in itself.

Issue: Ayden is an incredibly active three-year-old. I have struggled from day one to figure out what extra activity means. A diabetic that participates in extra activity needs to be treated with extra carbs. This has caused us to start relying on activity snacks to manage lows instead of extra activity.
Tip: If your child is on the pump, and you are using activity snacks on a daily basis, you may be over using them. Try limiting activity snacks for a few days to get unbiased readings. These numbers can then be used to adjust basal levels so you won’t be feeding his insulin instead of activity.

If you have any tips or tricks, please share. I’m always looking for new things to try to make the process easier for Ayden.

I also recommend reading this blog post, it’s a nice summary of the courage of moms. I can’t help but compare it to the courage of all parents of a diabetic and how their efforts are helping to better the world one child at a time.  The Secret of a Mother’s Courage



1. k2 - January 26, 2010

Really great post! I’m looking forward to reading more (and learning more) about Ayden and his wonderful family’s life with Diabetes.
Your doing a great job- KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
Kelly K

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